Monday, March 14, 2011

Cadel Evans Rocks T-R

The Bohunk recently encountered a question on Tirreno-Adriatico stage winner and now overall race leader Cadel Evans. @bloomingcyclist a pal on the Twittersphere, asked why everyone likes Cadel so much? There are a lot of reasons, much more than 140 characters could allow and more than I could try to include whilst thumbing this post on the six minutes before my class. First, Cadel was a world class mountain biker well before he began finishing runner up in the Tour de France. And the latter may be what he is most famous for; great results but never winning the big ones. He was second behind Carlos Sastre in 2008, which was his closest opportunity to take thus top step in Ol' Paris, falling victim to a stacked and selfless Saxo-Bank team that sacrificed Frank Schleck's chances to get Sastre the win on the final mountain stage to L'Alpe D'Huez.

That race exemplified all too well Cadel's career; close but no cigar, and too often no teammates. His move to BMC was partially motivated by assurances of deep pockets and the drive to supply him with firepower to compete with big, Grand Tour quality riders. He has that now in George Hincapie and Allessandro Balkan, just to name two. He'll win the Tirreno...just look out in July...
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